Don't waste time on shot put training. That once elusive A in honours maths, which in the past only the most mathematically adept could aspire to, is slowly becoming the right of everyone.Rewarded is fine. By all means, recognise sporting achievement with trophies and medals.
Pretending its an academic achievement is not fine. That's like giving someone who got an A in Honours Maths a medal for winning the shot put.
Ambitious students are aiming ever higher in the Leaving Cert as the race for a college place intensifies.
We can explain a doubling of the numbers doing honours maths by positing a vast improvement in teaching methods or student ability over the last decade, or we can give the intelligent explanation - the bar has been lowered.
We're but a short step away from a 'print your own leaving cert' app for smart-phones.